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Bell, James H.; Short, Sara – Journal of College Reading and Learning, 2003
Interviews 11 self-defined underachieving college freshmen. Synthesizes 13 definitions of achievement by students. Analyzes the interviews repeatedly to produce a list of the students' concepts of achievement, arranged from the most common to the least common. Finds each student held more than one definition of achieving, some definitions in the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Higher Education